supergee: (questions)
I don’t know if the Russians seriously meddled in the late election, but it does seem likely that Mitch McConnell didn’t want us to know and said that the CIA was trying to illegitimately influence voting which is the FBI’s job when they investigated it.

Sublimating mere national security to electoral triumph is not something new for the Republicans. Nixon did it in 1968 when he meddled in the Vietnam peace talks, and Reagan did it in 1980 when he didn’t want the hostages to be released until he could claim credit. To be fair, though, the Republicans don’t do this sort of probably-not-technically-treason only to win elections. Remember the Dubya Gang outing a CIA agent to support their lies about meddling in Iraq?
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Republican candidates threaten lawsuits over TV ads linking them to their party’s presidential candidate.
supergee: (questions)
Charles Pierce summarizes:
Do I mock? Of course, I do. The Republican Party has been edging toward this catastrophe for 40 years, ever since it let goons like the late Terry Dolan help run its senatorial campaigns in the late 1970s. Dolan led to Lee Atwater, who led to Karl Rove and, altogether, they made Donald Trump not an aberration, but a culmination. It took into itself the debris of American apartheid. It allied itself with radicalized American Protestantism. It adopted a basic political philosophy of vandalism and nihilism. When confronted with an opportunity for human decency, such as in the case of Terri Schiavo, the party opted for cruelty. When presented an opportunity for political unity, such as in the aftermath of the attacks of September 11, the party opted for the despicable in domestic politics and for the barbaric overseas. When handed an opportunity to change course, such as when the deregulated casino economy nearly destroyed the world in 2008, it doubled down on the basic economic philosophy that caused the wreckage in the first place. And when it became plain that the party was on the wrong side of history, such as the movement for marriage equality, it chose to work in the states through pestiferous god-botherers like Mike Pence, whose name Kelly Ayotte will write in for president.
supergee: (questions)
Here is a Republican strategist saying, “Trump can’t just lose; he must be humiliated.” I’m down with that. In fact, I’d like to see not only a major repudiation by the American people but also enough revelations about the real state of his finances that everyone will know that he is not the successful business genius that he plays on television, but rather an example of how the game is so fixed that someone who starts out rich enough will make at least modest profits no matter how mean and incompetent he is.

The strategist believes that a strong enough defeat for Trump will purge the Republican Party of the hatreds he feeds. But without those hatreds, the Republican Party is libertarianism without the fun parts, and that’s not going to win you a lot of elections.

ETA: The one nasty thing they couldn’t say at the Donald Trump Roast
supergee: (questions)
The Cleveland Circus continues to exceed my expectations. I was waiting for some pillar of the party to take a strong stand (and position himself for 2020) by saying clearly that Trump did not live up to [even] the standards of the Republican Party and so the speaker would not vote for him. But no. The dissident turned out to be Ted Cruz, who of course did it in the whiny, mealy-mouthed, chickenshit fashion we have come to expect of him.
supergee: (clown car)
Second-generation asshole David Kristol has decided to turn his not-that-shaggy reaction to He, Trump into a third-party campaign. I would like to think that Trump will make it so obvious what he really is like that he will lose disastrously and inflict major damage on the Republican Party, but it’s probably safest to have a right-wing naderizer just in case.

Thanx to Metafilter
supergee: (cheshire)
As the latent lunacy of the Republicans has become manifest in Trump, so the Texas Republicans have chosen as a county chair a man who tweets his Hillary Clinton masturbation fantasies. (Read at your own risk.)
supergee: (disgust)
Republicans want to deny citizenship to babies whose fathers can’t be found.

ETA: They’ve given up on it for now.
supergee: (kerplop)
John Scalzi on the dumb idea that liberals should cross-dress as Republicans to save the GOP from Trump.
supergee: (turds)
The Daily News has gone scatological on the Republicans again. I don’t like to approve, but it really is the Fable of the Body Parts: The asshole refuses to let anything pass and waits for the body politic to weaken and die.
supergee: (clown car)
Perhaps only The Rude Pundit can adequately characterize the Republican reality show (uses language, of course). Although we might add Helen Philpot’s “Nine of the GOP’s finest were debating on that stage but I swear there’s a tree stump in a Louisiana swamp with a higher IQ than all of them.”
supergee: (clown car)
John Scalzi lists and discusses the GOP candidates in order.

Also gip.

RINO hunt

Nov. 21st, 2015 08:46 am
supergee: (rhino)
Driving the sane people out of the Republican Party. I have predicted it before: Eventually, the ones who think Obama is a Muslim from Kenya will be purged by the ones who think he is a reptile from space.

Guess who

Nov. 15th, 2015 05:49 am
supergee: (questions)
As for the Republicans—how can one regard seriously a frightened, greedy, nostalgic huddle of tradesmen and lucky idlers who shut their eyes to history and science, steel their emotions against decent human sympathy, cling to sordid and provincial ideals exalting sheer acquisitiveness and condoning artificial hardship for the non-materially-shrewd, dwell smugly and sentimentally in a distorted dream-cosmos of outmoded phrases and principles and attitudes based on the bygone agricultural-handicraft world, and revel in (consciously or unconsciously) mendacious assumptions (such as the notion that real liberty is synonymous with the single detail of unrestricted economic license or that a rational planning of resource-distribution would contravene some vague and mystical ‘American heritage’…) utterly contrary to fact and without the slightest foundation in human experience? Intellectually, the Republican idea deserves the tolerance and respect one gives to the dead.
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